Lawn spots – Fido, Fifi or Snow mold

Mon. Apr. 8, 2019

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After one wicked winter, we’re warming up, flood waters are hopefully receding for most folks and the frost is moving out!  As we lumber out into our lawns, carefully, we may find what’s left behind by our dogs…

dog pee spots

Urine and your lawn don’t get along. You can buy a lawn repair kit at most garden centers or you can mix your own. The best grass seed is a mix of Kentucky blue grass with fine fescues and perennial ryegrass. Be sure to read the label for sun or shade areas.  

After the soil has warmed up and isn’t wet, you can lift out the dead grass, loosen the soil and mix a handful of seed with a bucket of Creekside Supreme Gardener’s Mix and spread it out over fido or fifi’s spots.  


Water and mulch it to keep it moist and keep the seeds in place.  If the damage isn’t dire, a little lime will help dilute it.  Read the label!

Pink or Grey snow mold starts in the winter with infected plant debris that’s been left on the lawn.  This fungus will continue to grow if the area remains wet and cold.  We aren’t likely seeing it this year, but …

snow moldRake out any snow drifts you may have .  This will help the area dry out faster, fungi don’t like it dry!  Fungicides are rarely recommended as snow molds don’t generally kill a lawn.